Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary M/M romance from Nazarea Andrews. SECRET THINGS is a bittersweet romance between two good friends, who happen to be co-stars on a fan-fave TV show.
He’s dating his best friend and co-star. He has a top rated TV show that just got renewed for a seventh season. It’s what he’s always wanted.
And he’s fucking miserable.
Dimitri is living the life he always wanted. He and Victor, his high school boyfriend, are social media darlings. His part just got renewed on his hit TV show, and the charity foundation he co-founded is taking off. It’s everything he ever wanted.
And he’s fucking miserable.
The only time either seem happy is when they’re together. And both of them are ignoring the attraction between them. There’s too much at risk. The show, their significant others, a friendship that is more important than a quick screw.
Oh, and Camden is straight.
But attraction isn’t always easy to ignore, and a lot can happen that isn’t meant to. When one of Dimitri’s fans gets involved, both men will have to decide how much and who they want.
This is a friends-to-lovers romance for Camden and Dimitri, both stars on a fan-fave TV show. They became friends three years ago, and there’s been a simmering attraction for the other for at least a year now.
Unfortunately, Dimitri’s been openly dating his high school boyfriend, Victor, a touring rock musician, for the past twelve years. And, Camden lives with his on-screen girlfriend, Cari. Cari and Dimitri even run a charity together, and they are really besties, so Dimitri tries to squash his attraction to Cam. Unsuccessfully.
There’s a big issue, I imagine, for famous people regarding their public and private lives. While some fans might want to see Dimitri and Cam get together, they also adore the love stories of Cam + Cari and Dimitri + Victor. But, fir these four people, the public story is not the private one. Cari is fine with Cam finding his true love–as she knows she isn’t it. She loves Cam as she can, but not romantically. Victor and Dimitri have been pulling apart for the past several years, and Victor has a ready-made replacement he doesn’t bother to hide from Dimitri. Thing is, the TV execs and the fans don’t want to let go of their ‘dream couples.’
So, when Cam and Dimitri do come together, it’s really an undercover operation. I didn’t really like it all that much, because Dimitri was really dishonest at first. I get that he wasn’t ready to make it all official, but he knew better than to leave it hanging the way he did, for as long as he did. He hurt Cari and Cam in the process. And, he didn’t make it right for a while, too, which bothered me. Also, when a stalker is on the loose, Dimitri makes unconscionably stupid decisions that endanger everyone. So, while I wasn’t captivated by the story, it’s an okay read.
I received an advanced reader copy that had lots of errors, which I’m hopeful got fixed in the final pressing. The good thing about the book is that it ends well, with tons of support for Cam, now that he comes out as bisexual. There seems to be some new plot threads that could be spun into an HEA for Cari, too, in another book–though I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Pure speculation on that point.
About the Author:
Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series.